Over the last few years I’ve done quite a few scrum projects. I love the process and apparently I also talk about it to my non-work friends. Because some time ago a friend of mine, who is a high school teacher, asked me if I would be interested in giving a talk about scrum to her students. Of course I jumped to the occasion and said yes.
Dutch high school kids are quite familiar with designing by the traditional ‘waterfall’-method. However, since scrum is gaining popularity and the teachers want their students to be well prepared for their careers later on, they thought it was a good idea to already introduce them to scrum.
Although scrum is new and fun, the waterfall-method is not bad either. So I walked them through the pro’s and con’s of both. I showed them all the elements of the scrum process, like the backlog, sprint planning, standup’s and demo’s. And of course showed some real life photos of scrum boards in the wild!
They were quiet for a whole 45min, which is quite an accomplishment according to the teachers. Maybe we see them back one day as scrum masters or product owners in one of our projects! Would be fun!